View Full Version : The Sands of Lothgar

06-05-2011, 10:21 PM
"Formerly part of the Avenian Empire, Lothgar won its independence following the events of the Avenian Civil War. Lothgar is ruled by a powerful Autarch who is treated as a demigod. Much of the Lothgarian Empire is located in arid lands. However the fertile Kellan river delta has both sustained the empire, and made it wealthy through trade. In fact, Lothgar is one of the major producers of coffee and spices in Eriond."

I've been slowly attempting to map out the various regions of my homebrew world of Eriond, and this is another installment in that project. Lothgar is a powerful Autarchy located in the arid southlands of Eriond. The map was made using GIMP and Wilbur, with a bit of Inscape thrown in besides. Thanks to everyone who provided advice and feedback over at the WIP thread (which can be found here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14610-Lothgar-WIP)).


06-06-2011, 09:25 PM
I love the map! I've always enjoyed a good desert campaign and this one looks like it would be a lot of fun! Great job!


06-06-2011, 10:56 PM
Why thank you kindly Valtharius. I've actually not had the pleasure of playing in (let alone running) a desert campaign yet, but I hope to someday. Who knows, perhaps my next campaign will be set in Lothgar.


06-11-2011, 10:03 PM
Hehe, I can't put my finger on it but I like this map arsheesh. Plus, the border is totally awesome. I still don't know what I'm doing with borders.....someone needs to make a good tutorial on them.

06-12-2011, 03:59 AM
Awesome Awesome Awesome. As usual. :)

Steel General
06-12-2011, 08:02 AM
Nicely done! A bit Egypt-like.

Though the font fits the theme of the piece, I find it a bit hard to read.

06-12-2011, 10:39 AM
Thanks for all the feedback guys! @Jax, hm, perhaps I can whip something up this coming week. @JT, thanks buddy. @Steel General, you are absolutely right about the font. I debated for some time on whether or not to use it, or to instead to use a more standard, legible font. In the end I chose to sacrifice a little legibility to preserve the overall theme of the map.


06-13-2011, 09:56 PM
Yeah, I was having the same problem with the font, especially where its embossed. Well crafted nonetheless.

06-13-2011, 11:43 PM
Thanks Vman. BTW, I'm currently putting together a little tutorial on making map borders in GIMP and I wanted to show how to make a (somewhat) more traditional map border, for parchment maps and such. Problem was that I hadn't done any traditional style maps yet. So, rather than starting a new map for the tutorial, I decided to just go ahead and apply a2area's Israh mapping style (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?14915-Fractal-Terrains-Wilbur-amp-Photoshop-Multi-Styles-Tutorial) to my Lothgar map. Here's how it turned out:

06-14-2011, 08:28 AM
Looks like a beauty, Arsheesh. I love the rivers especially.

06-14-2011, 01:45 PM
Why thank you Ravs, coming from you that's quite a compliment. Course I have Wilbur to thank for the rivers, I didn't draw those by hand.


06-14-2011, 04:01 PM
Shouldn't the corners be squares instead of misfitted rectangles? Or at least all be similar looking and not each one different? Just something to keep in mind, shrug.

06-14-2011, 04:57 PM
Very true. I did not originally create this map with the border in mind. Hence, I didn't bother too much about configuring the height and width of the original canvas in such a way as to allow for the later insertion of a checkered grid. The original canvas size was 2764 x 2000 px. Later, when I decided I did want to add a border that contained a checkered-like set of neat lines, I realized my mistake: the canvas area was just the wrong size for what I wanted to do. I chose to go ahead with neat-lines anyway. I made a selection of the original canvas and converted it to a path. Then I expanded the canvas size, and stroked the new canvas with a checkered stroke, resulting in the odd corners you see in my map. This technique should still work fine for a map that is formatted differently than mine though (e.g. a map with a canvas size of 2600 or 2800 by 2000 could use a checkered stroke, setting the size of each box to 100px, and end up with square corners).

06-20-2011, 07:09 PM
Well, it took longer than expected, but the Map Borders tutorial can now be found here (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?15037-Making-Map-Borders-in-GIMP&p=156779#post156779).